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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Wash. State Lawsuit Reveals Which Corporations Laundered Money To Fight GMO Labeling

by Mikael Thalen
October 19th, 2013
Updated 10/19/2013 at 10:18 pm
Source storyleak

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) was forced to reveal which corporate members it laundered anti-GMO labeling donation cash for Friday, following Wednesday’s lawsuit filed by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

After receiving major public backlash for donating millions to defeat California’s labeling proposition last year, GMA members began funneling donation money through a “Defense of Brands Strategic Account,” set up to conceal which specific members opposed Washington’s labeling Initiate 522, illegal under state campaign disclosure laws.

“The people of Washington demand transparency in elections.  I’m pleased that the GMA board recognized this responsibility to disclose the names of corporate contributors to oppose Initiative 522, and the amount of this contribution,” Ferguson said.

Of the 34 members who hid over $7.2 million in donation cash, the same familiar corporations topped the list. PepsiCo, spending $1,620,899, Nestle USA, Inc., with $1,057,743, and The Coca-Cola Co., with $1,047,332. 

Unsurprisingly, all three were major contributors against California’s Prop. 37.
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